Annetjie Siyaya

Research and Education Manager

Annetjie was born in the Kavango-east town of Rundu, and grew up in CCF’s next door town of Otjiwarongo. She first became interested in conservation at a very young age, an interest that was to a large extent influenced by school excursion trips to CCF.

After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental and Molecular Biology at the University of Namibia, Annetjie joined the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre as an environmental educator, where she worked for two years. In 2013 she enrolled in a Master’s programme at the Hedmark University College (now Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) in Applied Ecology, on a full scholarship from the generous Norwegian government. For her Master’s thesis, Annetjie studied sex related feeding preferences in the African elephant, for which she collected data in the Serengeti and Mikumi national parks of Tanzania, which was a dream come true for her, as she always dreamed of visiting the Serengeti.

Annetjie came back to Otjiwarongo in 2016, and taught biology and physical science at a local high school, for four months. At the end of the four months, she was offered a history teaching position for the rest of the year, and eventually another full year. At the end of 2017, Annetjie decided to look for opportunities in conservation and found Dr. Marker on LinkedIn. She sent Dr. Marker a connection request and then asked if there were any opportunities at CCF. Two months later, Annetjie was offered a position at CCF. Annetjie is very excited about this position, and looks forward to putting all her training and skills to use, and hopes to contribute to CCF’s overall mission.